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Democratic Dialogues

CUS believes that it's important to have thoughtful discussions about the significant educational and social issues of our time.  We also believe that, in a truly democratic society, it is necessary to have these discussions with as many different people as possible. 

Democratic Dialogues is the space for doing just that.  Every time we host an event or a public lecture, write a press release, petition or report, etc., tell us what you think by submitting a comment.  We'll post it here so that the dialogue is ongoing.


January 25, 2010:  Focus on Haiti 

The Centre for Urban Schooling would like to begin a conversation about how we might support Haiti in its ongoing struggles for political, social and economic justice.  As a first step, we feel that it is important to discuss the broader history of Haiti and, in particular, the impact of its relationship to its former colonial power and other Western countries. The following articles priovide a succint overview and analysis of this:

The Centre has created a space in our Wiki for members of our community to discuss the possibilities for how we might raise awareness, and develop networks of activists to collectively advocate for structural change in Haiti.


March 25 - 27, 2009:  The William Waters Symposium on Urban Education, featuring a public lecture by Dr. Michelle Fine: 

When objects become subjects:  A 25-year journey from laboratory experimentation to ethnography to participatory action research with youth


About Michelle Fine:

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Her latest research and writings focus on participatory action research and Muslim American youth and identity.  She is well-known for her work in critical research methodologies and ethnographic studies in education.  She is the author/co-author of many articles and books.  Noteworthy in this collection are: Beyond Silenced Voices Class, Race, and Gender in United States Schools (2005); Working Method:  Social Justice and Social Research (2004); Off-White:  Essays on Race, Power and Resistance (2004); and Echoes of Brown: Youth Documenting the Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004). 

Dr. Fine is so widely respected in her work that over the past twenty years, she has provided expert testimony and consultation on legal cases involving issues of academic environments and student achievement for racialized youth; race relations in schools; and race and sex discrimination in schooling and employment.  

Did you attend the William Waters Symposium?  Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment here!



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